November 18, the birthday of two of the most famous couples in the artistic community, Mona Zaki and Ahmed Helmy. Where Ahmed was born on this day in 1969 in the city of Banha, while Mona was born on the same day in 1976 in Cairo Governorate. On the occasion of their birthday, let us learn about the love story that united their hearts, in addition to the artworks that brought them together on screen.
Love at first sight.
The love story between the two began when Ahmed Helmy was at the beginning of his artistic career, and he was presenting a television program for children, and he admired Mona Zaki as an actress only. One day, producer Mohamed Fawzy called him and asked to meet him to agree on a new play, so Helmy went to him after he finished filming the program, and his appearance was untidy and his clothes were dirty, and when he entered his office, he was surprised by the presence of Mona Zaki, and he could not control himself from happiness and fell in love with her immediately. However, he was nervous about his appearance until the end of the session, until Helmy thought that he would not get the role, but two days later he was surprised by another call to schedule a new working session.
After that, the two became close friends, and with time Helmy confirmed his love for her, but he remained reluctant to be honest with her, until Mona Zaki traveled to South Africa to shoot the movie “African”, so he told her his feelings and understood from her reaction that she exchanged the same feelings with him, but she asked him to wait until She returns from travel and paves the way for her father.
Indeed, the two married on May 4, 2002, and the following year they gave birth to their daughter, “Li Li”, and in 2014 they had their second son, “Saleem” and their third son, “Younis” in 2016.
Films they both participated in
There are many artworks that Ahmed Helmy collected with his wife Mona Zaki. It left an impression in the minds and hearts of viewers, making them ask the duo for many years to repeat that experience and share together in one artwork. Although the duo confirmed from time to time that they were about to participate in a work of art, this did not happen for many years.
In 2000, Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki presented the movie “Omar 2000” in partnership with Khaled Al-Nabawi, Mona Lisa and Mohamed Ragab. Helmy played a small role, as he was at the beginning of his artistic career. The events of the film revolve around “Omar”, a young man who has reached his thirties, and is dominated by the idea of death after he despairs of his life. On his birthday, he asks his friend to bury him alive to get rid of his worries. While he sleeps, the girl comes to wake him, and he thinks he is dead. Bebo tells him that she was buried alive after a car accident, and when she came out of her grave, she found him in front of her. The events review the various crises experienced by the entire generation.
Why did you make me love you?
In the same year, Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki presented the movie “Why did you let me love you?” In partnership with Karim Abdel Aziz and Hala Shiha. The events of the film revolve around a love story that brought together “Dalia” and “Hisham”, but after the girl’s father refused their marriage, the two separated and the young man travels abroad, and returns after years and is linked to another girl, Noha. Hisham and Dalia meet by chance, and after learning of his engagement, she is shocked and regrets leaving him, and is determined to spoil his engagement with the help of her friend Zakaria.
The Danish Experiment
In 2003, the two stars Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki appeared with their real personalities as guests of honor in one of the scenes of the movie “The Danish Experience” with Adel Imam, Nicole Saba, Khaled Sarhan and Tamer Hejres, where Ahmed and Mona coincided with their presence in a restaurant during a violent quarrel between a group of work lead actors. The film revolves around “Qadri,” the Minister of Youth and Sports, who suffers from the problems of his four sons. At the same time, he is forced to host “Anita”, the liberal Danish girl, which increases his differences with his children, especially after he falls in love with her and plans to travel with her.
In the same year, Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki participated in the movie “The Night of the Nights”, which is the last movie in which the duo appeared together. In partnership with a large group of artists, they are Sherif Mounir, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Khaled Abu El Naga, Hanan Turk, Ola Ghanem and Jihan Fadel. The film revolves around the lives of four husbands who gather to attend a birthday party, and after the ceremony, disputes erupt between husbands and their wives, and events escalate with them, after which the four young men decide to travel to Alexandria to enjoy their time and relive the days of old, and after a series of dramatic events they feel that they are no longer reckless youth but rather mature men, Each of them has to realize his mistake and work to fix his relationship with his life partner.
I will beat you
Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki participated in presenting a radio series entitled “I will beat you”, which was shown in Ramadan 2010, in partnership with Dalal Abdel Aziz, Rajaa Al-Jeddawi, Hassan Hosni and Edward. The series deals with the relationship between a man and a woman, the differences between them, and the problems they face, in a comic social framework.
The duo, Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki, repeated the experience of radio series in 2011, where they presented the series “Living Alone”, in partnership with Reham Hajjaj, Abdullah Musharraf, Edward and Diaa Al-Marghani. The series revolves around a romantic comedy framework, and deals with a love story that arises by chance between a young man and a girl, and together they are exposed to many comic situations. The work also addresses the problems facing young people.
The last work that the duo Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki brought together is a radio series that was shown in Ramadan 2017, and bears the name “Indian Pepper”. In partnership with Sameh Al-Sraiti, Salwa Othman, Muhammad Al-Taji and Noha Adel. The series revolves around an optimistic young man despite the difficulties he faces on his way. He was born and raised in a random neighborhood, but he managed to overcome reality, and was able to finish his university studies and work in jobs that are not related to what he learned, but he does not lose hope for a better future.
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